Marlene Dietrich Bio, Age, Spouse, Net worth, Quotes, Movies, Death

Marie Magdalene Dietrich, popularly known as Marlene Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. She continually reinvented herself throughout her long career which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s.

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Marlene Dietrich Biography

Marie Magdalene Dietrich, popularly known as Marlene Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. She continually reinvented herself throughout her long career which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s.

Marlene Dietrich Age/Nationality

She was born on 27 December 1901 and died on 6 May 1992 when she was 90 years old. Marlene holds the American, Prussian and German nationality. She was fluent in German, English, and French. 

Marlene Dietrich Spouse/Dating

Dietrich married Rudolf Sieber in 1923, a film professional who helped her land a part in Tragedy of Love (1923). The couple welcomed their only child, Maria, the following year. They later separated but never divorced.

Though she only married once, she had an unending string of affairs throughout her career. She had affairs with actors Gary Cooper and James Stewart. From 1938 to 1941, she was in a relationship with writer Erich Maria Remarque. Almost during that same time, she was having an affair with the French actor Jean Gabin.

Also, Mercedes de Acosta, a Cuban-American writer was one of her lovers. Her affair lasted more than a decade with actor Yul Brynner. Also, she claimed to have had affairs with George Bernard Shaw, John F. Kennedy, and John Wayne.

Marlene Dietrich Family

Dietrich was born to Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine(mother) and Louis Erich Otto Dietrich(father). His father was a Royal Prussian police officer. Her birthplace was Leberstrasse 65 in Schöneberg district, Berlin, Germany.

She adopted the name, Marlene when she was 11 years old, bridging her first two names. His father died when she was very young, and her mother remarried a cavalry officer, Edouard von Losch.

Marlene Dietrich Education

Dietrich studied in Auguste-Viktoria Girls’ School from 1907 to 1917 and in 1918, completed graduation from ‘Victoria-Luise-Schule’. She studied French and English at her private school.

In her teens, she took violin lessons with hopes of becoming a professional violinist and was inclined into poetry and theatre.

Marlene Dietrich Career

Dietrich gave up the music while in her teens in order to explore acting. She attended Max Reinhardt’s drama school and soon started to land small parts on stage and in German films. Because of her family’s disapproval of her career choice, Dietrich chose to use a combination of her first and middle name professionally.

Her career almost ended on 29 September after she fell from a stage in Sydney Australia and broke her thigh. In 1979, ‘Just a Gigolo’ was her last film where she did a cameo and sang the title song.

Marlene Dietrich Quotes

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
I am at heart a gentleman.

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.
Glamour is what I sell, it’s my stock in trade.
The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs.
Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.

Marlene Dietrich Net worth

Her estimated net worth as of 2019 is currently unknown and will be updated as soon as possible. On 24 October 1993, a substantial portion of her estate was sold to Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek while her movable assets in Manhattan apartment were auctioned by Sotheby. The apartment was then sold at $615,000 later in 1998.

Marlene Dietrich Movies

◊ The Blue Angel 1930
◊ Witness for the Prosecution 1957
◊ Morocco 1930

◊ Shanghai Express 1932
◊ Blonde Venus
◊ The Scarlet Empress
◊ Destry Rides Again

◊ Dishonored 1931
◊ The Devil Is a Woman
◊ Touch of Evil

◊ Judgment at Nuremberg
◊ A Foreign Affair 1948
◊ Rancho Notorious

◊ Seven Sinners
◊ Stage Fright 1950
◊ Golden Earrings 1947

◊ The Flame of New Orleans
◊ Desire 1936
◊ The Garden of Allah

◊ The Spoilers 1942
◊ Knight Without Armour
◊ Angel 1937

◊ Just a Gigolo 1978
◊ Marlene 1984
◊ The Song of Songs 1933
◊ No Highway in the Sky

◊ Around the World in 80 Days 1956
◊ The Monte Carlo Story
◊ Kismet 1944

◊ The Lady Is Willing
◊ Tragedy of Love
◊ Manpower 1941

◊ Martin Roumagnac
◊ The Little Napoleon
◊ Pittsburgh 1942

◊ Follow the Boys 1944
◊ The Ship of Lost Souls
◊ The Woman One Longs for

◊ I Loved a Soldier
◊ Madame Wants No Children
◊ I Kiss Your Hand, Madame 1929

◊ The man by the Wayside
◊ Princess Olala
◊ Manon Lescaut (1926 film)

◊ A Modern Dubarry
◊ Café Elektric
◊ An Evening with Marlene Dietrich

◊ His Greatest Bluff
◊ Show Business at War
◊ Double Headed Eagle: Hitler’s Rise to Power 1918-1933

Marlene Dietrich Trivia

Dietrich’s professional celebrity, which carefully was crafted and maintained. However, her personal life was, for the most part, kept out of public view. She gave up the aspiration of becoming a concert violinist due to a wrist injury and treaded towards acting.

Being bisexual, Marlene enjoyed the thriving gay scene of the time and drag balls of 1920s Berlin. Also, she defied conventional gender roles through her boxing at Turkish trainer and prizefighter Sabri Mahir’s boxing studio in Berlin, which opened to women in the late 1920s.

Hedwig (Vicki) Baum, an Austrian writer recalls in her memoir, “I don’t know how the feminine element sneaked into those masculine realms [the boxing studio], but in any case, only three or four of us were tough enough to go through with it (Marlene Dietrich was one).

Marlene Dietrich Death

On 6 May 1992, Dietrich died in her Paris home due to renal failure. On 14 May 1992, the funeral ceremony was conducted at La Madeleine in Paris, a Roman Catholic church. She was buried in Berlin next to her mother. Dietrich was survived by her daughter Maria and her four grandchildren.
In the mid1990s, her daughter later wrote her own biography of her famous mother, Marlene Dietrich. Her funeral service was attended by approximately 1,500 mourners in the church, including several ambassadors from Germany, Russia, the US, the UK, and other countries, with thousands more outside.

Her closed coffin, draped in the French flag, rested beneath the altar and was adorned with a simple bouquet of white wildflowers and roses from the French President François Mitterrand.

Three medals, including France’s Legion of Honour and the U.S. Medal of Freedom, were displayed at the foot of the coffin, military style, for a ceremony symbolizing the sense of duty Dietrich embodied in her career as an actress, and in her personal fight against Nazism.

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